Newsletter July 2016
18 Jul 2016

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Happy Retirement!

Tomorrow we shall be saying goodbye to Mrs Clare, Petts Hill’s deputy headteacher, for the last 13 years. I wish to express my personal thanks to her for all her hard work and commitment to the children and families of Petts Hill and immense support and encouragement over the years to myself as headteacher.

Mrs Clare has worked leading the school in the teaching of English. She has guided Petts Hill through all our Everyone Writes Projects which have seen writing in the school go from strength to strength. In 2015, the progress measures for children leaving us were significantly above the national picture in all subjects.

As Special Needs Coordinator Mrs Clare has worked diligently to make sure all children are included in the life of the school and make progress in all areas of their learning.

Schools are very busy places and in small schools often people have to fulfil lots of different roles. Mrs Clare has also been the lead for developing our teaching to include children who have English as an additional language and line managing many support staff.

I know you will all want to join me in wishing Mrs Clare a long and happy retirement and thank her for all her hard work and contribution to your children’s education.

Moving On

As we get ready to say goodbye to our year 6 class we will also be saying farewell to some members of staff who are also moving on.

  •  Mrs Bowman, our Nursery Teacher, has decided to take a year out and travel the world with her husband.
  • Miss Sargeant, who works in reception class, is moving work closer to home.
  • Mr Kerr, Y6 teaching assistant and sports coordinator, is going back to college to train as a teacher as is Mr Miller, our Year 2 teaching assistant and homework club assistant.
  • Miss Nandhra, breakfast club and Year 1 assistant is going back to college to train to become an Occupational Therapist.
  •  Miss Dickinson and Miss V, teachers who have joined us over the last two terms on temporary contracts are both off traveling or returning home.
  •  Miss Walsh has left us for her maternity leave and I’m delighted to let you know she and baby George are all doing well.

We wish to thank them all for their amazing contribution to school life and wish them well in their future new homes, studies and jobs.

The Big Friendly Read

The Big Friendly Read is this year’s summer reading challenge. Children are challenged to read six books across the summer, visiting their local library to register for the challenge. Also, this year, they are celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite story teller, Roald Dahl. So, this year there is also a competition for children to enter.
 
Roald Dahl’s stories are full of amazing adventures – from James crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a Giant Peach to Charlie and Willy Wonka soaring into space in the Great Glass Elevator…

The Competition

To be in with a chance of winning an awesome array of prizes, including books from The Big Friendly Read collection, simply write about your dream adventure!

  • Perhaps you’d like to go back in time for a spot of dinosaur-watching or hang out with the Ancient Egyptians
  • Your dream adventure might be to a fictional world – you could take a trip to Hogwarts and try your hand at some magic or solve mysteries in the countryside with the Famous Five.

You can choose any time and place, from real life or from a book – the more creative, the better! To find out more information, either visit your local library or visit the website.
http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/competition/adventure-competition

Summer School Fair

An enormous thank you to everyone that helped with the summer fair. The contribution of cakes was amazing. We still have some cake tins and containers in the school office for collection. Also, the baking tins were for families to keep, they make a nice size mini cakes for children. If you have not got your baking tins back again, contact the school office where we have plenty to spare.

We raised £405, including a donation of £100 to Winston’s Wish from the proceeds of the cake sale.

Keeping your children safe.!

We have had a number of children recently talking to us about games that they have played on X-Box or some equivalent game station that were not suitable for them to have been playing. Both games and films all come with an age rating so that parents can protect their children from being exposed to language or scenes that are not suitable. The numbers above are printed on the covers of games and films and are there to warn parents that no child should be exposed to unless they are the age stated or above. Please check before you buy.  All children at Petts Hill are only old enough to be given films or games with a 3, 7 or PG rating. PG standing for parental guidance where it is asking that you consider if you child is ready/mature enough for the content of that product.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 19th JulyLast Day of Term

Start of new school year 2016 - 2017. Wednesday 7th September at 8.50 am

Wishing you all a happy holiday.

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